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In Uncategorized on August 21, 2009 at 5:53 pm

OMG! Just fell in love with the Explanations in Plain English made by Common Craft. As everyone knows, Im a sucker for tuts that infuse comedic elements in them. Dont forget to check out Zombies in Plain English, laughed so freaking hard! Prolly because I’m reading The undead and Philosophy….

Check ’em out!

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Learning how to deal, pt. 2 (Haters edition)

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Readers Advisory: While I’m writing this, I’m listening to Collie Budz “Blind to you haters”. Beware.

Lately I’ve been thinking alot about change and progression. What this means to me in relation to my professional work environment, as well as how I can balance these two to fit into my personal scope of the world. My coworker, Bobbi Newman, posted a manifesto today on her blog entitled “The Hazards of Leading Culture Change” (view it here) and it struck a huge chord with me.

I’m in a confusing place, because this article brought up some great points that had me thinking a lot about how others handle change and progression. My main thought process was this; Why the h**l do people automatically reject ideas or negate progression, without first asking questions or seeking to find an understanding? Ive learned that change is inevitable and so is progression. These are two things that never go away, no matter how much you try to wish it away or ignore it like its not there.

I get so angry sometimes when people try to butt heads, or throw monkey wrenches into others ideas without first seeking to understand their rational and than offering alternative solutions. I understand that not everyone is going to be on the same page ALL the time, but we have to be fair and understanding with other people enough to value their insights and offer constructive criticism, rather than responding with destructive actions. And by destructive, I do mean creating an environment that fosters conflict and impedes a persons willingness to act within the spirit of transparency.

Anywhoo, just my opinion. We live in a world of haters, can’t expect that to change overnight. *shrugs*

Learning how to deal

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Today I’ve been thinking alot about competition and what it means to be a progressive thinker.

I find myself loving a field that’s on the brink of change. For a industry whose main objective is to provide resources for those who seek it, the very way in which we do business is undergoing a massive structure overhaul. And the main question still remains:

Will libraries still be relevant in the future?

Each day, I feel like I’m in a competition to define myself as a library professional. What library person am I going to be? Am I going to be that librarian that defines their working relationship solely in correlation to the people that I serve, or am I going to be that Librarian that creates something new and inventive that ultimately changes the way that the library functions as a whole? Is there a middle ground?

I love customer service. I love seeing the way that people react to that unexpectant offering of assistance, or the gratitude that people exhibit when you finally help them find the solution to problem. Its my nature. Im usually the first to offer help when it is in my power to do so. But I am also a thinker…a problem solver who seeks to be inventive and revolutionary. But lately Ive debated whether my focus would be better spent focusing on one aspect, rather than the other.

So now I’m in a competition with myself and I don’t know who I should let win. Should I allow myself to follow my heart and stick to what I KNOW I am good at, what I know I was constantly excel in? Or should I let my environment dictate to me how I should grow, allowing my head to dictatate a path that is so very new but has limitless possibillities?

The fight still remains and I am as undecided as always.

Notes to our Patrons, no.1

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Dear Patron,

I didn’t see you come in today, but my boss warned me not to come out of the office because she’d already spotted you. I’m quite certain that you wanted more help with your novel, but as I told you before I’m not helping you out. Can you not see that everyone is running away from you? Or are you so conceited and self absorbed in writing your “spiritual revelation” novel, that you dont see that your annoying the h**l out of all of us?

The first time you came in, I was accommodating. I did my best to provide quality customer service, aside from the fact that you were standing way to close and your breath was smelling like a trashmans glove. You asked whether I could locate some images on the internet for you, and I did. Even going as far as to print them in color so that you would think that I was super nice and would eventually leave me alone. Guess the smile made you believe that I wanted more from you, since (after ten minutes) you came back asking personal questions like you had a right too.

That was weeks (and various other encounters) ago, and now I feel as though I must confess that your getting on my d**m nerves. Do you really expect me to believe that your writing something that is going to be the next “big thing”, when you cant even figure to add three hours onto the time that you checked out a laptop so that you can get it back in time not to get fined? And are you expecting to market this book as juvenile literature? Because, contrary to what you have been told, only childrens books have pictures on EVERY PAGE!

Mind you, I’m all for customer service, but I really hate to see you come in. Your like diarrhea. I dread it when I feel like Im going to have an encounter, but feel amazing when your finally out of my system. There’s a reason why there aren’t any staff members or librarians around when we see you and you groundbeef beard walk in. We are sick of you. Tired of you trying to guilt and annoy us into helping you. Tired of having to come up with different and more creative ways of avoiding you. Using up energy that could otherwise be devoted to helping patrons with real issues and real problems. So, on my behalf and the behalf of all those who work at reference, we would like to say to you…

Get a life.

M

Web Finds

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2009 at 6:56 pm

So I went trolling around the internet today, and came across the most interesting web find to date. Grooveshark is a music site, that is completely free. Its kinda like P2P in reverse, meaning that you can legally download any song you want and listen to it without fear of being the next Joel Tenenbaum.

The downside: You can only listen to the music via the website, but you may purchase tracks for a set rate.

Me ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥’s!

Oh, Beloved!

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2009 at 11:44 pm

Just found out that The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffeneger is going to be released as a movie on August 14th, 2009. This version will star Rachel McAdams and Troy alum Eric Bana. Im so excited I can’t even sit still!

I’m an addict

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Courtesy of ploked.com

Let’s take a look and answer a few tell-tale signs that indicate you are more than likely addicted to social media.

1.You update your facebook whenever you leave the computer, whether you are gone for a minute to get some coffee, or leaving the office for the day.2.You spend more time conversing with your online friends than you do with your own family.
3.The pictures you take are not for “memories” but rather updating your social networking profiles.
4.When you hear a joke in person, you say “lol” instead of actually laughing out loud.
5.Your social media friend accounts significantly out number your real life friends.
6.You can type faster than you can talk.
7.Social networks are your main point of contact with your friends.
8.You hear direct message “pings” in your head when you are away from the computer.
9.You bought a new cell phone specifically to be more efficient in operating your daily social networking activities when away from your computer.
10.You constantly putting a “@” symbol in front of someone’s name, whether in an email, on a forum, or even writing by hand.
11.You go through withdrawals when you can’t access your favorite social media site as a result of a server down, blocked at work, or no wi-fi connection available.
12.When you meet someone new, you give them a link to your twitter account instead of your phone number/email address.
13.When asked how much time you spend on social media sites each day, you take the actual time spent and divide it by 3…so if you spend 6 hours on it, you tell others it was only 2.
14.You skip a meal in order to spend more uninterrupted time on your favorite social network.
15.For news information you use sites such as digg.com, reddit.com, or twitter search opposed to CNN, foxnews, or the WSJ.
16.You “tweet” while driving.
17.It feels good to be part of something “viral” and to help spread it.
18.You have attended a “tweetup”.
19.While attending the above mentioned “tweetup” you “tweeted” the event to others.
20.If you meet someone in person, you commonly refer to them by their online handle instead of their real name.
21.You don’t view the “fail whale” as a sign to step away from the computer, but instead an opportunity to jump over to another social media site for the time being.
22.You are reading this blog post and nodding your head in agreement.
23.After nodding your head, you decide you are indeed addicted to social media and tweet this post!

Dreamfever (a message for Karen Marie Moning)

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2009 at 12:05 am

Dear Ms. Moning,

WTF?? August 18th?? I can’t wait that long for the book! Its already been a year since Faefever and Im getting paranoid that Im spending way too much time fantasizing about what going to be in Dreamfever. AND, to top it all off, no advance reader’s copies???

Im so going to pull a Tron off of Dave Chappelle in a desperate attempt to procure a hit (that would be Dreamfever). Are you happy about what youve done to me??

Sincerely,
One semi-irritated-pissed off-slightly antagonistic-hopeful Reader
(AKA Michelle)

icky icky pooh

Web 2.0 has made history!

In Uncategorized on June 13, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Okay, so it seems like that geeky term that, no one has been able to get rid of, has officially became the millionth english word. (Excuse me while I insert a bit of sarcasm and snarkiness over this one!) Web 2.0 is like the “bling” of the tech generation.

PLEASE TELL ME WHY???!!! Is this armageddon?

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Hello world!

In Uncategorized on June 11, 2009 at 11:48 pm

Okay peeps. I have officially gone WEB 2.0!! WOOT WOOT!

I’m using this blog as a personal one, aside from the Modern Readers Advisory. What am I using it for? I have no idea!

Stay tuned for more after the jump,

XOXO